Lena Hansen To Present a Presentation on RMI’s Forthcoming Book Entitled “Reinventing Fire” in Brevard NC on 4-4-2011On April 4, 2011, Lena Hansen, a native Transylvanian and a principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute will be home to visit her parents.  She has graciously agreed to present a power point presentation on RMI’s forthcoming book entitled “Reinventing Fire”.  

RMI is one of the nation’s leading think tank consulting firms focusing on energy issues. Go the project’s website (http://www.rmi.org/rmi/ReinventingFire) to get a flavor of their work.  Be certain to view the video clip.  

Without a doubt, we are very fortunate to have this opportunity to hear Lena describe their work and views of how America can transition to an economic base that is significantly less dependent upon fossil fuels, as proposed in “Reinventing Fire”.   

The meeting will be held from 7:00pm until 9:00pm in the Rogow Room of Transylvania County Library.” 

In addition to attending Transylvania County schools, Lena graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She graduated from UNC-CH in Physics. She also obtained a Masters in Environmental Management and Policy from Duke University and currently manages RMI’s collaboration with Duke Energy.   

Press Release!

Lena Hansen, formerly of Brevard and currently a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute of Boulder, CO, will speak at the Transylvania County Library on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m.  Her topic will be Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era.  The slide presentation is free and open to the public. 

As economic, security, and environmental threats intensify the national conversation about how to regain energy leadership and competitiveness, restore jobs and prosperity, and build a secure and climate-safe energy system, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) leads the way with its bold new initiative, Reinventing Fire.  

Reinventing Fire is the name of their multi-year project, as well as the title of a new book to be published this fall, in which RMI is building a vision and realistic pathway for the business-led transition of the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewable. Reinventing Fire will focus on opportunities in the next five years that can profitably jump-start the journey toward a fossil-fuel-free economy. 

The transition will require coordinated action across the transportation, buildings, industry and electricity sectors. RMI is identifying challenges and opportunities and developing pointed recommendations for leaders who hold the power to effect change.


As a leader in the energy and environmental field for 28 years, RMI drives the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. RMI’s research and consulting staff works with businesses, communities, and organizations around the world in three interconnected practices: the built environment; electricity and resources; and mobility and vehicle efficiency.

RMI’s work incorporates a unique blend of whole-system thinking, integrative design, end-use/least-cost analysis, and an interdisciplinary knowledge of advanced technologies and techniques.  Rocky Mountain Institute® (RMI®) is an independent, entrepreneurial, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.rmi.org.

Lena Hansen is a Principal with RMI’s electricity practice, where she specializes in energy and carbon strategy as well as design innovation for electric utilities, heavy industry, and corporations. She contributes to and leads consulting projects on demand-side management, end-use energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, and greenhouse gas strategy.

 She has worked with a diverse set of electric utilities, including most recently managing RMI’s collaboration with Duke Energy. Lena’s research work focuses on RMI’s Next Generation Utility Initiative, which aims to help drive the transformation of the electric system away from fossil fuels. Specifically, she has worked on managing the variability of wind power, including “firming” strategies and the impacts of geographically distributing systems.

Lena is from Brevard, North Carolina; she attended Brevard High School and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and in dramatic art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received a master’s degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University, with a focus on energy.